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Seven married, same-sex couples petition for Ark. recognition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Seven legally wed same-sex couples have petitioned a judge to recognize the parental rights of both spouses and to have both parents’ names on their childrens’ birth certificates.

The couples filed a petition on Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. They are part of a group that is trying to topple Arkansas’ constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The Arkansas attorney general’s office has not responded to a lawsuit filed in July on behalf of 19 couples.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the latest petition seeks a temporary restraining order that will allow the couples to qualify for insurance and other benefits.

It says 13 states, five American Indian nations and the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage, while seven states allow legal unions for gay couples.

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